With Radiant Energy Sensitive Control Means Patents (Class 315/149)
  • Patent number: 10349494
    Abstract: Lighting units, systems, and methods are described herein for determining whether occupancy detections are legitimate or not. Methods and systems are further described herein for powering down a network of power over ethernet (PoE) components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Jurgen Mario Vangeel, Mark Henricus Verberkt, Peter Fitski
  • Patent number: 10342102
    Abstract: A fixture configuration module comprises range control circuitry and fixture control circuitry. The range control circuitry is configured to store a range of a lighting parameter. The range identifies at least a subset of values of the lighting parameter supported by the light fixture to produce light. The fixture control circuitry is communicatively coupled to the range control circuitry and is configured to control the light fixture to produce the light in accordance with the range stored by the range control circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: CREE, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Bowser, John Roberts, Kory Liszt, Michael James Harris, Paul Pickard
  • Patent number: 10327303
    Abstract: A method for controlling a chromaticity of total light provided by a lighting system includes detecting the total light by a sensor system, determining a component of the total light that is attributable to uncontrolled light, and selecting a calibration for a sensor based on the uncontrolled light, and using the calibration to adjust the output of the sensor system. The calibration tables may be based on spectral responsivity of the sensors in the sensor system and calibration functions rather than physical light sources. Relative intensities of controllable light sources having different xy values are then adjusted to cause the total light provided by the lighting system to approximate a target chromaticity. A daylighting system implementing this method includes controllable light sources with different xy values. The intensities of the controllable light sources are adjusted to augment sunlight to control the chromaticity of total light provided by the daylighting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: Bernhard Siessegger, Richard C. Garner, Helmar Adler
  • Patent number: 10317284
    Abstract: Systems and methods for characterizing solid state lighting devices are provided. In certain examples, systems and methods for measuring various parameters of light emitting diodes (LEDs), characterizing each LED based on the measured parameters and selecting one or more of the characterized LEDs such that the emitted light from each of the selected LEDs is mixed with the light from the other selected LEDs to create a desired overall light output are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: David John Rector, T. Warren Weeks, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10297909
    Abstract: An antenna device implemented to prevent the deterioration in radiation performance due to a metal mechanical part and an electronic device including the same is provided. The electronic device includes a metal member in a shape of a loop that is disposed in at least one area of the electronic device and a substrate (printed circuit board (PCB)) for supplying power to a preset location of the metal member in order to use the metal member as an antenna radiator, wherein at least one location of the metal member that differs from the power-supplied location is grounded through the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae-Young Kim, Yoon-Jae Lee, In-Young Lee, Won-Seok Jeong, Sang-Hoon Choi, Brian Cheon
  • Patent number: 10293746
    Abstract: Method for operating an interior lighting device for a motor vehicle, comprising a lighting device and a sensor device, which senses a position of an operator control object for the lighting device in its sensing area, wherein the lighting device is controlled on the basis of sensor data from the sensor device, wherein the lighting device has multiple actuatable lighting units that each have an associated local section defined in the sensing area, wherein when an operator control object is detected in a local section, the associated lighting unit is activated and activated lighting units not associated with the local section are deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HELLA GMBH & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Jürgen Heinrich, David Allouis, Stefan Kowatzki, Wolfgang Wörmann
  • Patent number: 10285249
    Abstract: A lighting system controller (11) configured to control at least one controllable luminaire (43), the lighting system controller comprising: a task definer (101) configured to define at least one task to be performed; a status determiner (103) configured to determine a status of the at least one task based on sensor data received from at least one device (21) physically separated from the lighting system controller (11); and a control signal controller (107) configured to output at least one lighting system signal to the at least one controllable luminaire (43) based on the status determiner (103).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Jonathan David Mason, Dzmitry Viktorovich Aliakseyeu, Sanae Chraibi, Remco Magielse
  • Patent number: 10264657
    Abstract: A lighting fixture includes an LED light source that outputs light for general illumination in response to a drive signal, and a driver module configured to provide the drive signal in response to an intelligent lighting module (ILM) instruction. An ILM that is separate from the driver module is provided and has a first plurality of sensors, a first communication interface, a second communication interface, and first control circuitry. The control circuitry of the ILM is configured to communicate with at least one remote entity via the first communication interface as well as generate the ILM instruction for the driver module based on sensor data gathered from the first plurality of sensors, remote entities, or a combination thereof. The ILM instruction is provided to the driver module via the second communication interface and used by the driver module to control the drive signal for the LED array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventors: Kory Liszt, Donald Walker
  • Patent number: 10235967
    Abstract: To provide a more pleasant use sensation to users. Provided is an information processing device including: a user information acquisition unit configured to acquire user information based on a state of a user who views a display region; and a light emission control unit configured to control light emission of a light emission control region around a content display region that is a region in which content is displayed within the display region based on the user information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kae Nagano, Yusuke Sakai
  • Patent number: 10212784
    Abstract: A control system including a plurality of high voltage devices grouped into a plurality of zones including a first zone and a second zone, a plurality of low voltage devices, wherein a first low voltage device is associated with the first zone and a second low voltage device is associated with the second zone, and a central control module. The central control module includes a first low voltage connection for receiving at least one first control signal from at least one of the low voltage devices and a high voltage connection for providing at least one second control signal to at least one of the high voltage devices. The central control module is configured to determine a daylight conversion factor based on the at least one control signal. Wherein the at least one second control signal is based at least in part on the daylight conversion factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Stuart Middleton-White, Gregory Smith, Robert Martin, Thomas J. Hartnagel, Theodore Eric Weber, Mike Crane, Terry Arbouw, Dawn R. Kack, David J. Rector
  • Patent number: 10197899
    Abstract: A discharge lamp driver includes a discharge lamp drive unit, a control unit, and a voltage detection part. When an inter-electrode voltage is smaller than a first predetermined value, the control unit controls the discharge lamp drive unit to provide a mixed period in which a first period and a second period are alternately repeated and a third period alternately including a first direct-current period and a second direct-current period. A length of the first direct-current period is larger than a length of the second direct-current period. The length of the second direct-current period is smaller than 0.5 ms. A total of the lengths of the first direct-current periods in the third period is larger than a length of the second period. When the inter-electrode voltage is smaller than the first predetermined value, the control unit is configured to increase the length of the third period in a stepwise manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Kito, Shun Sato
  • Patent number: 10196855
    Abstract: A sensor assembly comprises a housing having a major face and a side edge. The side edge is formed of a material that is capable of conducting light. A photosensitive element is positioned within the housing and facing the major face of the housing. A reflector is positioned within the housing. The reflector is shaped to direct light entering through the side edge onto the photosensitive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Edward J. Blair, Stephen Lundy, Brandon L. Szoke, David A. Kirby
  • Patent number: 10193622
    Abstract: A processor receives data associated with a device. On the basis of the data associated with the device, the processor modulates a light from the artificial light source at a rate imperceptible to a human eye while detectable by a light sensor device. The modulated light is representative of the data associated with the device. The modulated light is detected, demodulated, and decoded by the light sensor device to retrieve the data associated with the device. Further, the data associated with the device is presented by the light sensor device to a user. In addition, the light sensor device is configured to receive input data from the user and communicate the input data to the processor via a wireless link. The processor is configured to receive the input data from the light sensor device and effect a change in a characteristic of the device based on the received input data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Kenneth Dale Walma, Jr., Brian Elwell
  • Patent number: 10183481
    Abstract: A multi-spectrum screen exposure system for curing printing emulsions, including an enclosure with a platen that is transmissive to at least some ultraviolet wavelengths of light, a cover shiftable between an open orientation wherein the platen is accessible to an operator and a closed orientation wherein the platen is covered and inaccessible to the operator, a light emitting diode illumination (LED) light source assembly supported within the enclosure and oriented to direct illumination toward the platen, the light emitting diode illumination light source assembly emitting at least some light in the ultraviolet wavelengths, and a control unit operably coupled to the light emitting diode illumination light source assembly by which the light emitting diode illumination light source assembly can be operated in a controlled fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Shawn McPherson
  • Patent number: 10182279
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a light bulb speaker system. The light bulb speaker system includes a housing having an open end and a partially closed end. A coaxial main speaker is positioned proximal to the open end, a first assistant speaker and a second assistant speaker are positioned between the open end and the partially closed end within the housing. The first and second assistant speakers are mounted so that they face perpendicular to a central axis of the light bulb speaker. The system also includes a light source component mounted within an annular frame, the light source proximally mounted within the housing towards the open end. The housing includes a plurality of speaker holes positioned on opposing sides so that the first and the second assistant speaker are configured to align with the plurality of the speaker holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: Alexander Zhou, Ashley Tang, Aaron Tang, Ruochuan Tang
  • Patent number: 10176676
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention relate to an OLED bank teller carrel with an integrated QST. The bank teller carrel may include a user-facing counter. The bank teller carrel may include an OLED screen embedded in the counter. The OLED screen may include an array of OLEDs. The array of OLEDs may be configured to display information. The OLED screen may include a software chip. The software chip may include a processor and a memory. The OLED screen may include touch screen capabilities. The touch screen capabilities may be configured to receive user input via human touch. The OLED screen may include biometric characteristic receipt film. The biometric characteristic receipt film may be configured to capture at least one biometric characteristic of a customer. The OLED screen may include a communication circuit. The communication circuit may configured to receive information from information hubs and transmit information to information hubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventor: Tammy L. Wallace
  • Patent number: 10165660
    Abstract: A low-voltage controller (LVC) is configured to utilize a low-voltage signal to operate a high-voltage load, such as, for example, a lamp. The LVC is configured to receive a low-voltage step signal at a switch input. The LVC has a line input for connection to a source of power at a line voltage and a load output for connection to a load, and a dimmer for setting an intensity of the load. Subsequent step signals alter the intensity of the load. A method for low-voltage control of a lamp is provided. A method includes the steps of receiving a first switch signal at a switch input of an LVC; setting the lamp to a first intensity; receiving a second switch signal at the switch input; and setting the lamp to a second intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Curbell Medical Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward Wilkolaski
  • Patent number: 10158199
    Abstract: A power cord is described that includes “in-line” power control functionality. The power control functionality may selectively enable or disable a flow of electrical current through the power cord and/or selectively control an amount of electrical current that is permitted to flow through the power cord. The power control functionality may be activated and/or controlled through the receipt of control signals from an external device. The power cord may be configured to monitor the state of an electronic device to which it is connected and selectively activate and/or modify the operation of the power control functionality in response to the detection of a particular state of the electronic device. The power cord may also be configured to receive and analyze sensor data, and based at least on the analysis, selectively activate and/or modify the operation of the power control functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: John J. Siegler
  • Patent number: 10145525
    Abstract: A daylighting device includes a photo-voltaic (PV) device that is mounted in or proximate to the daylighting device that provides sunlight to a service area. The PV device generates a power signal from incident sunlight. The power signal provides operational power to circuitry associated with the daylighting device, such as a transmitter that transmits a value representing the intensity of light on or near the daylighting device. This signal, which is generated either from the power signal or from a signal provided by a photosensor mounted in or proximate to the daylighting device, may be used by a control system to adjust light levels provided by artificial light sources to supplement the sunlight provided by the daylighting device to approach the desired light level in the service area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Peter Shannin, Audwin Cash
  • Patent number: 10146358
    Abstract: A touch sensing display including a carrier, a plurality of light emitting devices arranged in an array on the carrier, a driving unit electrically connected to the light emitting devices and a processing unit electrically connected to the light emitting devices and the driving unit is provided. The driving unit is configured to control the light emitting devices, so as to make a first part of the light emitting devices emit a first light. A second part of the light emitting devices are configured to receive a second light which is related to an object, and the processing unit is configured to determine a location of the object touching or approaching the carrier according to the electrical changes generated by the light emitting devices, which sense the second light, of the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: PlayNitride Inc.
    Inventors: Yun-Li Li, Kuan-Yung Liao, Po-Jen Su
  • Patent number: 10135366
    Abstract: The electromagnetic field generator includes a shell, an electrostatic generator, a power plant, a thermoelectric generator, and an electric motor. The shell has embedded polycrystalline ferroelectric ceramic material which is polarized such that the ceramic material exhibits strong Piezoelectric Effect properties thus inducing high frequency vibrations. The shell may be further doped with radioactive elements which under high frequency vibrations induce gamma ray emission. The electrostatic generator is for charging up the shell and is disposed within the shell. The power plant is to generate thermal power, and is disposed within the sphere. The thermoelectric generator is to convert the thermal power generated by the power plant to electrical energy. The electric motor powered by the electrical energy generated by the thermoelectric generator, and supplies input voltage such that the shell spins at high angular speeds, vibrates at high frequencies, and generates an electromagnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Salvatore Pais
  • Patent number: 10136506
    Abstract: An adjustable LED lighting system includes a plurality of LEDs, at least one driver, and a programmable signal generator to control a drive frequency. The signal generator includes a clock, an input module to receive commands for driving the LEDs, and a frequency adjustment module to drive the frequency of the one or more LEDs. The LEDS are driven at a target or specified frequency for a time period that is specified with a start time and/or an end time. The LED lighting system allows for a variable frequency of outputs during different time periods and/or in response to specific use commands. The LED lighting system includes one or more target frequencies for one or more target time periods. The LED lighting system stores the target frequencies and target time periods and make the frequency modifications at the user-specified times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Dynotron, Inc.
    Inventor: James Saffari
  • Patent number: 10136502
    Abstract: A controller comprising: an output for controlling one or more outdoor lighting device to illuminate an outdoor environment; an input for receiving temperature information from a temperature sensor comprising a plurality of temperature sensing elements; and a control module. The control module is configured to: use the temperature information received from the temperature sensor to detect motion in a sensing region of the temperature sensor and control the one or more lighting device based on the detected motion, and additionally use the temperature information received from the temperature sensor to detect conditions of the environment in the sensing region and further control the one or more lighting device based on the detected conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Harry Broers, Ruben Rajagopalan
  • Patent number: 10113714
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described herein for lighting control. A lighting unit (100, 200, 300, 400, 500) may include a base (104, 204, 304, 404) adapted to be inserted into a socket (106, 206, 306) of a luminaire/lighting fixture. The lighting unit may include one or more light sources (108, 208, 308, 408, 508) to emit light at least in a first direction and one or more reflective elements (110, 210, 310, 410, 510, 610) arranged to define an aperture (112, 212, 312, 412, 512, 612) through which a first spatial portion (114, 214, 314, 414, 514) of the emitted light continues in the first direction, prevent a second spatial portion (116, 216, 316, 416, 516) of the emitted light from continuing in the first direction, and reflect at least part of the second spatial portion of the light in a second direction different than the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Dirk Valentinus René Engelen, Tim Dekker, Bartel Marinus Van De Sluis, Philip Steven Newton
  • Patent number: 10112716
    Abstract: A lighting control system includes a sensor to generate a signal representative of at least one of a position of a seat, a presence of passenger in the seat, the position of at least one hand of the passenger, a configuration of the at least one hand of the passenger, and a direction of movement of the at least one hand of the passenger. A first light source, which generates a first light column, is located forward of the seat. A second light source, which generates a second light column, is located rearward of the seat. A controller generates a control signal that controls at least one parameter associated with an intensity, a color, a projected pattern, projected pattern location, or a width formed by a combination of the first and second light columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Pierre Gagnon, Joseph Rezile, Marc Kirmoyan, Brad Nolen, Julien Fabrice Lacheré, Jeffrey David Karceski
  • Patent number: 10116542
    Abstract: There is provided a communication device that performs communication through a bus, including: a transmitting and receiving unit configured to transmit and receive a signal to and from at least one other communication device; and an error detection unit configured to, when the transmitting and receiving unit transmits and receives the signal, detect whether an error has occurred in the signal using a specific error detection method according to transmission and reception of the signal. The signal is transmitted and received between a first communication device, which is the communication device having a communication initiative through the bus, and a second communication device, which is the communication device configured to perform communication under control of the first communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroo Takahashi, Takashi Yokokawa, Tatsuya Sugioka, Naohiro Koshisaka
  • Patent number: 10111303
    Abstract: A calibration method comprising, for each of one or more light sensors: (a) under influence of one or more substantially non-zero illumination levels in the target environment, using the light sensor to measure the sensed light level corresponding to each of these one or more illumination levels; (b) receiving a template light level value corresponding to each of the one or more illumination levels, representing the light level at a target location in the target environment substantially removed in space from the location of the light sensor, each of the one or more template light level values being assumed for the environment rather than measured by a light meter; and (c) determining a relationship between the sensed light level and the light level experienced at the target location, based on an evaluation of the one or more sensed levels relative to the one or more template light level values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Ashish Vijay Pandharipande, David Ricardo Caicedo Fernandez
  • Patent number: 10111308
    Abstract: A lighting system for and method of commissioning LED light fixtures is disclosed. The LED light fixtures include a controller unit that is programed with lighting firmware and an on-board 5 light sensor that is responsive to visible light signals from a light source. In operation, the light sensor is irradiated visible light signals and/or visible light sequences that instruct the LED light fixture via the controller unit to join a group, be locked into a group, run lighting programs and/or become un-locked from a group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventors: Charles Huizenga, John Douglas Paton, Zachary Smith, Michael G. Corr, Mahathi Sudini, Peter Schmuckal
  • Patent number: 10090925
    Abstract: An LED light fixture includes one or more optical transceivers that have a light support having a plurality of light emitting diodes and one or more photodetectors attached thereto, and a processor in communication with the light emitting diodes and the one or more photodetectors. The processor is constructed and arranged to generate a communication or data transfer signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Federal Law Enforcement Development Services, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Pederson
  • Patent number: 10091852
    Abstract: A method may comprise: supplying light energy from a light emitting device principally along a first axis; sensing the light energy with a light sensing device oriented along a second axis, wherein the second axis is oriented substantially orthogonally to the first axis; and adjusting the light energy in response to the sensed light energy. In this way, an amount of retro-reflected light incident at the light sensing device may be reduced, measurement error of the light sensing device may be reduced, and control precision and reliability of the lighting system for curing a work piece can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Phoseon Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Garth Eliason, Doug Childers, Gary McKenzie
  • Patent number: 10080271
    Abstract: A temperature-stabilized LED irradiance system is provided. The system includes an LED. A temperature sensor is disposed to sense a temperature proximate the LED. Circuitry coupled to the temperature sensor and the LED, is configured to adjust power to the LED based on the sensed temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Calin Ciobanu, Jeffrey Lawrence Lomibao
  • Patent number: 10066821
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a light-emitting device having an ambient light sensing function, including a light-emitting module, a rectification module, a switch module, a control module, and an ambient light sensing module. The light-emitting module includes a circuit substrate and a plurality of light-emitting elements. The rectification module is electrically connected to the light-emitting module. The switch module includes a semiconductor switch element electrically connected to the light-emitting module. The control module is electrically connected to the rectification module and the switch module. The ambient light sensing module is electrically connected to the control module for receiving an ambient light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: PARAGON SEMICONDUCTOR LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Tin Chung, Shih-Neng Tai
  • Patent number: 10068466
    Abstract: A wall-mountable wireless control device may include an antenna (e.g., a slot antenna or a hybrid slot-patch antenna) for transmitting and/or receiving radio-frequency signals, and may have a conductive material on a large amount (e.g., greater than or equal to approximately 85%) of a front surface of the control device. The wireless control device may operate consistently when installed with different types of faceplate assemblies (e.g., faceplate assemblies having metal and/or plastic components) and when installed with different types of electrical wallboxes (e.g., metal and plastic wallboxes). A faceplate comprising a conductive element may be installed on the wireless control device, such that the conductive element operates as a radiating element of the antenna. The wireless control device may comprise a conductive member (e.g., a conductive label or a conductive strap) extending around a rear enclosure of the wireless control device between opposite sides of a conductive yoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Camden, Donald R. Mosebrook, William Taylor Shivell, Amy E. Miller
  • Patent number: 10051713
    Abstract: A method for command transmission and configuration to sensor implemented by ambient light source is disclosed and adopted by a sensor having a light-sensing unit. The sensor collects ambient light time series data through the light-sensing unit, and extracts valid brightness toggle data therefrom. Next, the sensor determines if the obtained brightness toggle data matches with a triggering condition of a pre-stored command. When the obtained brightness toggle data matches with the triggering condition, the sensor outputs a flashing signal through its display unit and further determines if receiving a confirmed brightness toggle data or not. When receiving the confirmed brightness toggle data within a waiting period after outputting the flashing signal, the sensor automatically performs the pre-stored command corresponding to the matched triggering condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chao-Chun Tseng, Min-Nan Liao
  • Patent number: 10048123
    Abstract: An electronic device including a component and a light circuit structured to detect light. The light circuit is structured to output a detection signal in response to detecting light and the detection signal is used to wake up or communicate with the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Gregg James Haensgen, James Derek Formea, Andrew John Sowada, Richard William Lucas, Kyle Heiden, Denis Sterjo
  • Patent number: 10038831
    Abstract: A lighting device includes a light source, an image sensor, a controller, a memory, and a wireless transceiver. The light source is configured to emit light for general illumination. The image sensor is configured to acquire an image of an area illuminated by the light source. The controller is coupled to control the image sensor and to receive the acquired image of the illuminated area from the image sensor. The controller is configured to operate the wireless transceiver to receive identification information from a wireless device in the illuminated area. The controller is further configured to automatically generate a visual signature based on image information of a person or object, obtained from the image of the illuminated area. The controller also is configured to store the visual signature of the person or object in the memory in association with the wireless device identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Daniel M. Megginson, Sean P. White, Jenish S. Kastee, Januk S. Aggarwal, David P. Ramer
  • Patent number: 10021278
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes a camera having an imaging array having multiple columns of photosensing elements and multiple rows of photosensing elements, with the columns of photosensing elements being generally vertically orientated and the rows of photosensing elements being generally horizontally orientated relative to ground. The multiple rows of photosensing elements comprising top rows, middle rows and bottom rows. When the vehicle is moving, top row brightness values at top rows, middle row brightness values at middle rows, and bottom row brightness values at bottom rows are determined by processing of captured image data by a processor. Contrast of middle row brightness values compared to bottom row brightness values or top row brightness values is determined and, based on determined contrast of middle row brightness values compared to bottom row brightness values or top row brightness values, an at least partial blockage of the camera is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yuesheng Lu, Shawn T. Hunt
  • Patent number: 10021766
    Abstract: A controller (202) for a horticultural lighting system comprising: a receiver (220) configured to receive a set of lighting parameters; and one or more output terminals configured to provide lighting control signalling to an LED array (210), wherein the lighting control signalling is configured to set one or more operating parameters of the LED array (210) in accordance with the received set of lighting parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Jan-Willem Vogel
  • Patent number: 10008178
    Abstract: An apparatus, methods, and systems for multi-color projection or display for video or lighting applications. One aspect of the present invention comprises an algorithm for utilizing at least four primary light sources to represent a projected pixel color. The algorithm and associated system can be applied to both a natively monochromatic light source or traditional light sources filtered for their colored components. The algorithm can be used for either color sequential or parallel modes of operation. The algorithm takes input pixel data represented in a universal color coordinate system, performs a color transform, and disperses the results among parallel display devices or sequentially to a single device such that each pixel is presented by the combination of four or more primaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Prism Projection, Inc
    Inventor: Garrett Joseph Young
  • Patent number: 9991710
    Abstract: A load control system for a building having a lighting load, a window, and a heating and cooling system comprises a lighting control device, a daylight control device, and a temperature control device operable to be controlled so as to decrease a total power consumption of the load control system in an energy-savings mode. The energy-savings mode can be manually overridden in response to actuation of the actuator of an input control device, such that the load control system enters a manual mode for manually adjusting the loads controlled by the lighting control device, the daylight control device, and the temperature control device. The load control system is operable to automatically return to the energy-savings mode at a time after the load control system entered the manual mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Altonen, William Bryce Fricke, Elliot G. Jacoby, Michael W. Pessina, Walter S. Zaharchuk, Joel S. Spira
  • Patent number: 9986609
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus includes: a lighting device; and a controller which receives from a lighting setter, an instruction for causing the lighting device to operate in a predetermined mode, causes the lighting device to operate in the predetermined mode according to first control content, and subsequently receiving the instruction, causes the lighting device to operate in the predetermined mode according to second control content which is modified from the first control content based on first subjective information input to the lighting setter, the first subjective information indicating feedback of a user on the first control content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Saori Ueno
  • Patent number: 9978964
    Abstract: An organic light-emitting component includes an organic light-emitting diode which has at least one organic layer arranged to generate light and a printed circuit board with electrical conductor tracks. The printed circuit board is an integral component of the organic light-emitting diode. At least one of the electrical conductor tracks of the printed circuit board is connected in electrically conductive manner to the organic layer of the organic light-emitting diode. The printed circuit board is electrically contactable from the side remote from the organic light-emitting diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: OSRAM OLED GMBH
    Inventors: Andrew Ingle, Marc Philippens
  • Patent number: 9967030
    Abstract: An LED light and communication system includes one or more optical transceivers that have a light support having a plurality of light emitting diodes and one or more photodetectors attached thereto, and a processor in communication with the light emitting diodes and the one or more photodetectors. The processor is constructed and arranged to generate a communication signal. The one or more optical transceivers are engaged to a lighting fixture within a building. The one or more optical transceivers are constructed and arranged to communicate with a name tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Federal Law Enforcement Development Services, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Pederson
  • Patent number: 9961739
    Abstract: A controller for a lamp, comprising an input terminal for receiving a requested-color-signal representative of a requested-color-value to be provided by the lamp and one or more temperature-values associated with the lamp. The controller includes a full-color-module for providing a full-color-lamp-control-signal for an output terminal; a stabilization-module for providing a stabilized-lamp-control-signal for the output terminal; and a mode controller for comparing the requested-color-value with a threshold value. If the requested-color-value satisfies the threshold value, then the stabilization-module provides the stabilized-lamp-control-signal to the output terminal. If the requested-color-value does not satisfy the threshold value, then the full-color-module provides the full-color-lamp-control-signal to the output terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Aliaksei Vladimirovich Sedzin, Marc Vlemmings
  • Patent number: 9955550
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a sensor network, Machine Type Communication (MTC), Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication, and technology for Internet of Things (IoT). The present disclosure may be applied to intelligent services based on the above technologies, such as smart home, smart building, smart city, smart car, connected car, health care, digital education, smart retail, security and safety services. An electronic device and an operation method for setup of a lighting device are provided. The operation method includes transmitting a control signal corresponding to at least one lighting device, acquiring lighting output information of the at least one lighting device, and determining a group of the at least one lighting device based on the lighting output information and the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Du-San Baek, Soon-Hyung Gwon
  • Patent number: 9952304
    Abstract: A method including: receiving a synchronization signal and collecting a rolling shutter image of a modulated light on a sensor, determining a primary frequency from the rolling shutter image, and comparing the primary frequency to an expected primary frequency image to determine a directional movement related to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MacNeille, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, Dehua Cui, John William Schmotzer, Dave A. Herman
  • Patent number: 9953230
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting a subject in a vehicle are provided. A temperature sensor installed in the vehicle is automatically activated when the vehicle ignition switch is switched off. The temperature sensor monitors the internal vehicle temperature and activates a detection module when the monitored internal vehicle temperature reaches a threshold temperature. The detection module includes a camera that is configured to capture a first image of the vehicle interior and to subsequently capture a second image of the vehicle interior, and a monitoring module that is configured to analyze the first image and the second image to detect the subject. A response module is coupled to the detection module and configured to activate one or more alert mechanisms when the subject is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: David Stuart Nicol
  • Patent number: 9949349
    Abstract: Disclosed are a lighting control apparatus, a lighting control method, and a lighting control system. The lighting control apparatus makes communication with lighting devices, registers at least one of the lighting devices according to received signal strengths of the lighting devices, and controls the registered lighting device. The lighting control apparatus easily registers and controls the lighting devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Won Taek Lim, Ja Hong Ku
  • Patent number: 9942967
    Abstract: A method of controlling a lighting system comprising one or more illumination sources to render a dynamic lighting scene, the method comprising: receiving a first user input to select one or more colors for the lighting scene; receiving a second user input to select a dynamic effect for the lighting scene; and rendering the lighting scene with the one or more colors and the dynamic effect based on the first and second user inputs respectively; wherein the second user input comprises the user performing a motion with a mobile user terminal, and the receiving of the second user input comprises detecting the motion of the mobile user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Sanae Chraibi, Jonathan David Mason, Dzmitry Viktorovich Aliakseyeu
  • Patent number: 9894742
    Abstract: Provided is a circuit for controlling a level of brightness of a light electrically coupled to a dimming circuit including control leads configured to provide a dimming control voltage to the dimmable driver, the dimming control voltage having a permissible voltage range. The circuit includes a photo sensor for detecting an ambient light level in the vicinity of the light and a clamp controller for selectively reducing the dimming control voltage to a clamped voltage range less than the permissible voltage range. Also included is a feedback controller for adjusting the dimming control voltage in response to a detected ambient light level, the dimming control voltage being within the clamped voltage range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Jeffrey Glenn Felty